Title: Christmas with the Cowboy Series: Big Heart Ranch, Book 3 Author: Tina Radcliffe Publisher: Love Inspired Release Date: September 18, 2018
A second chance at love on Big Heart Ranch
Former Navy SEAL Zach Norman has been avoiding his ranching roots—and the woman he couldn’t have. Back to visit his brother’s widow, Emma Maxwell Norman, and her adorable toddler twins, the bah-humbug cowboy is roped into helping prepare the ranch for the holidays. Working side by side, can Emma and Zach overcome their troubled past…and receive the greatest Christmas gift of all—love?
I am so excited to start reading Christmas books and Christmas with the Cowboy was a great one to start with!
I liked the "friends becoming more" theme. I really enjoyed learning the history between Zach and Emma and I was cheering for them throughout the book. They had fantastic banter!
I liked Emma's independence and spunk. I was also impressed by how she remained positive no matter what life was throwing at her. I was a fan of Zach as soon as I read the scene where he was helping one of the kids at the ranch learn to ride a horse. Zach used his past to reach the young boy and it melted my heart. Two-year-old twins, Rachel and "Bit", were adorable additions to the story.
Speaking of heart melting...one of the most romantic lines I've read in quite some time can be found on page 161: "Now that he stood in the middle of her house like a knight in flannel armor, holding her children and even praying, she gave up all pretense."
This is the third book in the Big Heart Ranch series, but can easily be read as a stand alone.
If you like contemporary Christian fiction, I highly recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. A positive review was not required. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I WAS INSPIRED
I love reading a novel that inspires me. I came away with two nuggets of inspiration from this book.
The first was from a scene where Zach was talking with one of the children, Mick, at the ranch who was comparing himself to his brother. Mick felt like he was less than his brother because he wasn't as "book smart" as his brother was. I loved how Zach explained that God made us all different and that we shouldn't compare ourselves to others.
I loved the scene where Emma and her sister Lucy are talking and Lucy reminds Emma that every day we should be asking the Lord what He has on the agenda for us today. What a great reminder!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Originally from Western, N.Y., Tina Radcliffe left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency (a branch of the NSA) stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. Her move to Colorado led to a career as a library cataloger. A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tina manages Seekerville, a 13 author blog which is starting its tenth year. Seekerville is a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers award winner.
Tina is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist, a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist, a 2014 Golden Quill finalist and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. In 2016 Safe in the Fireman's Arms was a Holt Medallion Merit Award finalist and a Detroit Bookseller's Best finalist and a NERFA finalist. She has won first place in over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career. Tina is also a short story writer and has sold over twenty short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. She currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance.
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An autographed copy of Christmas with the Cowboy
LED Christmas Bulb Necklace
$50 Amazon gift card.
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